Did you know that Overnight Oats are an easy, healthy breakfast you'll feel good about eating and they're perfect for taking on the go? They’re high in protein and fiber — which will keep you full until lunchtime! Unlike a bowl of warm oatmeal, overnight oats are meant to be eaten cold, straight from the refrigerator (no reheating necessary).
To make them, you’ll soak rolled oats in milk and yogurt overnight, which gives them a soft, slightly toothsome texture that’s ultra-creamy and subtly sweet. In the morning, you’ll add your favorite toppings — fresh or dried fruit, nuts, seeds, and nut butters are all fair game.
Don’t let the overnight soak fool you — overnight oats are incredibly simple to make. They take no more than five minutes to prep, and then the breakfast makes itself while you sleep. If you stir together a batch during your weekend meal prep, you’ll be left with four grab-and-go breakfasts to eat throughout the week (the oats last about four days in the fridge). You can also scale the recipe down and make single servings instead.
You need the following ingredients: Old-fashioned rolled oats, milk, Greek yogurt, chia seeds, & flavorings, such as ground cinnamon, maple syrup or honey which add a hint of sweetness, and a pinch of kosher salt is necessary for a balanced flavor.
A helpful hint: Use equal parts old-fashioned rolled oats and milk, plus half as much yogurt.
How do you serve Overnight Oats? You can certainly eat them as is (just give the bowl a good stir, first). However, overnight oats are even better with toppings. Fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, and nut butter are all delicious additions.
While nut butter, dried fruit, some fresh fruit (like blueberries, apples, and citrus) can be added in advance, you’ll want to wait to add delicate or crunchy toppings, such as nuts, seeds, and toasted coconut, until the morning you plan to eat them.
Here’s a recipe for making the very best overnight oats every time.
Overnight Oats Recipe
Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes